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Elizabeth B. Dawson

Counsel


Elizabeth (Ellie) B. Dawson is a counsel in the Environment & Natural Resources Group in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a leader of the firm’s global ESG Advisory Team. She advocates for her clients’ interests in everything from agency rulemaking petitions under the Clean Air Act to Superfund liability and allocation disputes, everywhere from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to the Western District of Washington.  

Ellie’s practice covers the range of environmental and natural resources statutes, including the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; the National Environmental Policy Act; and the Endangered Species Act. She counsels clients in navigating these statutes and helps them achieve their goals in commenting on and litigating agency rulemakings, in undertaking federal permitting processes, and in defending against enforcement actions.

Ellie’s prior experience includes over five years at the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where as a trial attorney in the Environmental Defense Section she gained invaluable insight into agency policies, procedures, and thought processes. She presented oral arguments in three different U.S. Courts of Appeals and litigated in district courts across the country, including the Western District of Washington, the Central District of California, and the Eastern District of Virginia. Ellie received numerous performance awards, a Special Achievement Award, and was nominated for the John Marshall Award for Participation in Litigation, one of DOJ’s highest awards offered to attorneys.

Ellie serves on the firm’s Art Committee and Public Service Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice in a wide variety of areas, including asylum, landlord-tenant, and reproductive rights.

Outside of the firm, Ellie serves on the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee, and has served as the co-chair of the ABA’s Clean Technology & Climate Change Committee, where she has organized programs covering such topics as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and the role of climate change in the legal profession. Ellie was also selected to participate in the Environmental Law Institute’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.

Education

  • Viterbo University, B.A. Spanish/B.F.A. musical theatre (2005) summa cum laude
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D. (2011) summa cum laude, Cornelius Honor Society

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Oregon

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FASB To Explore Rules For Climate Credit Accounting Agenda (June 10, 2022)
Press Coverage
"SEC Proposes Rules Governing ESG Investment Disclosures," Corporate Alert (May 26, 2022). Contacts: Elizabeth B. Dawson, Byron R. Brown, Michael D. Mann, William J. Bruno, Jeff Severson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"SEC Charges Vale with Securities Law Violations after Brumadinho Dam Collapse," White Collar Alert (April 28, 2022). Contacts: Elizabeth B. Dawson, Michael D. Mann, Thomas A. Hanusik, Jeff Severson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Let the Writing Begin: FAR Council Agrees to Draft Proposed Climate Disclosure FAR Amendments," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 21, 2022). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Issac D. Schabes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Small Changes to NEPA Rules Expected to Have Major Impacts on Federal Environmental Reviews of Infrastructure Projects," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (April 20, 2022). Contacts: Byron R. Brown, Kirsten L. Nathanson, Paul Freeman, Elizabeth B. Dawson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The Future of Carbon Credit Markets," American Bar Association Webinar, 2022. (April 12, 2022). Speakers: Elizabeth B. Dawson
Speech/Presentation
New Sustainability Disclosure Standards Expected By Year’s End Agenda (April 8, 2022)
Press Coverage
SEC Climate Plan ‘Scenario Analysis’ Provision Draws Criticism Bloomberg Law (March 30, 2022)
Press Coverage
How To Prepare For SEC’s Climate-Related Disclosure Rule Compliance Week (March 23, 2022)
Press Coverage
"The SEC Seeks to Expand Scope of Required Climate Risk Disclosures," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (March 22, 2022). Contacts: Thomas A. Hanusik, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Byron R. Brown, Jeff Severson
Client Alert / Newsletter

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